How to Heal Open Wounds on a Horse
- 1). Call a veterinarian. This is the first thing that you should do if you discover that your horse has an open wound. Open wounds are dangerous as they invite infection and can be much deeper than they look on the surface. Your veterinarian will provide a full inspection of the injury and will recommend the proper next steps to take depending on the severity and location of the wound.
- 2). Hose off the wound lightly. Be gentle with the water flow so that you remove surface debris to prevent contamination but do not disturb the tissue. Christine Keate of Horse & Hound magazine suggests that using a light mist from a spray bottle may be a better solution than a hose or water sprayer. You will want to cleanse the wound regularly to prevent infection. Your veterinarian may recommend using a light saline solution.
- 3). Apply pressure with a towel if heavy bleeding is occurring. According to veterinarian Spencer Barber of the American Association for Equine Practitioners, this can stop the bleeding while you are waiting for the veterinarian.
A horse having his leg wrapped. dregsplod: Flickr.com
Wrap the leg. If the wound is on a horse's leg and if your veterinarian has advised to do so, you will want to wrap the wound in an attempt to prevent outside contamination. Spencer Barber has indicated that this can help provide a safe environment for fast healing of horse wounds.